CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS in early childhood - YEAR 1


Key Facts           

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study options:

Combination of face-to-face taught days, virtual teaching & distance learning

Duration: 1 year
Start date: October 2021
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: TBC
Tutors: Peppy Hills and Debi Keyte-Hartland 
Entry requirements:

An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at postgraduate level, however applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience, are encouraged.



Upon your successful application via BCU and your place acceptance, CREC will contact you to request your Year 1 module choice.

If you are a continuing student, please contact the programme lead or your tutor to discuss your Year 2/3 options.                              
Who is this course aimed at?

This module is inspired by the Moonbeams programme and has been created in collaboration with Arts Connect. It is aimed at early years practitioners, creative practitioners and artists (any art form background), teachers, freelance practitioners, education, community and outreach managers, or any individual working with young children and babies within an arts or creative setting.

No previous experience of the arts is necessary.

What are the main themes?

The key areas of focus include:

- The impact and role of creativity and the arts across the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL)
- Examining current theories and practice, issues, and debates related to creativity and the arts and it's role in children's learning
- The role of the adult in creative encounters and the adults learning
- Practitioners reflecting upon their own role in arts encounters with children, materials and spaces, and also to develop their own practice with greater understanding, awareness and critical insight
- Processes of documentation that make creative learning and cultures visible
How will it help my practice?

By examining the role that creativity and the arts can play within early education experiences, you will be able to develop your practice to maximise the opportunities you create to nurture young children's natural creativity.

You will become skilled at identifying creative interactions and will be able to link these directly to relevant theoretical frameworks.

You will increase your qualities and skills as a reflective practitioner.

You will also gain the skills to undertake a small action research project in an area of your practice that is of particular interest to you.


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